Jan 15 Nursing staff at Karachi's Civil Hospital goes on strike, following alleged rape of two nurses
Jan 26 Combined Opposition Parties (COP) rally is claimed to be the largest of its kind
Feb 4 COP call successful strike against atrocities in held Kashmir
Feb 8 TNFJ vows to avenge Allama Arif's murder
Feb 11 Army mediated MQM-PPP deal results in swap of 18 PSF and 9 APMSO hostages at the corps commander's office
Feb 23 Anjuman-e-Sipah-e- Sihaba (ASS) leader Maulana Haq Nawaz Jhangvi is murdered, apparently on sectarian grounds
Apr 6 Najeeb Ahmed, PSF leader, is gunned down; clashes escalate between PSF and APMSO
Apr 8 Altaf Husain begins fast undto death in protest against alleged maltreatment of MQM workers
Jul 12 Punjab CM Nawaz Sharif inaugurates new tourist resort at Patriata near Murree
Jul 18 Eight thousand refugees escaping Indian army atrocities in held Kashmir stream into relief camp near Muzaffarabad
Aug People's Democratic Alliance (PDA) is formed as a coalition of the PPP, Tehrik-e-Istaqlal, Tehrik Nifaz-e-Fiq Jafria (TNFJ) and PML (Malik Qasim Group)
Oct 10 Asif Zardari is arrested in Unnar case
Oct Pakistan recalims hockey gold at Beijing Asian Games under Qazi Mohib
Oct 27 PA elections
Massacre in Hyderabad
May 27 More than 60, including women and children, die in Hyderabad Pucca Qila area during a police operation, heightening the growing tension between the MQM and the PPP
According to a UNDP report, Pakistan's spending on health fell from 0.3 per cent of GNP in the 1960's to 0.2 in 1986. The literacy rate, meanwhile, is 34 per cent compared to 43 in India, 33 in Bangladesh and 85 per cent in Sri Lanka.
August 6 President Ghulam Ishaq Khan (right) dismissed Benazir Bhutto (left)'s government today on corruption charges. He has promised fresh elections on October 24 (NA) and 27 (PA).
In the meantime, Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi has been appointed the caretaker prime minister. Mr. Jatoi was once an important member of the People Party's government in the says of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, but joined the opposite ranks a few years back. He has been a main support of IJI in Sindh.
Former Governor assassinated
October 3 Gunmen assassinate former Frontier CM and Governor Fazle Haq
October The PDA, led by Benazir Bhutto, alleges massive rigging in this month's elections, a claim supported by many independent observers who suspect that the ISI played a leading role in engineering the results. Interestingly, while the turnout in constituencies won by PDA showed little or no change from 1988, it increased by 10 per cent in many areas where the IJI came out on top.
October 24 NA elections are primarily a two-way fight between the PDA and IJI, which the latter wins by huge majority; widespread rigging suspected
The New Prime Minister...
November 6 Nawaz Sharif is elected Prime Minister with 153 votes against PDA nominee
December 19 Sadiq Ganji, director Iranian Cultural Centre, is shot dead in Lahore
Suddenly, they are everywhere. The old APWA begum and paternalistic social worker is out and the non-governmental organization (NGO), and its more grassroots cousin the community based organization, is now all the rage. Partly driven by foreign donors' disenchantment with corrupt governments, the NGO boom in Pakistan has spawned bodies of every shape, size and focus.
January 3 Bahauddin Zakaria Express crashes into a stationary goods train at Sanghi railway station; 300 killed, 400 injured
Blind eye of the law
January Some 200 huts in a Meghwar village in tehsil Tandoo Allahyar are raided by 16 armed men who raped at least 10 women and girls and looted millions in valuables, but the police refuses to lodge an FIR. Violent crime and kidnappings in both rural and urban Sindh are now virtually uncontrollable, crippling everyday life and severely damaging industry and agriculture.
Film on Salman Rushdie
June. International Gorillay, a dance-sex-religion formula film, portrays Salman Rushdie as a bloodthirsty maniac destined for a horrible end. In the film, Rushdie (played by Afzal Ahmed; left) satiates his lust for blood by putting away Muslim hostages with a sword. The film also includes a dramatized version of the Islamabad police firing (February 12, 1989).
Licences have been awarded to two companies, Instaphone and Paktel, to provide cellular phone services in Pakistan.
Frere Hall Ceiling
September Sadequain's Frere Hall ceiling mural unveiled 3 years after the master's death
November NTM buys prime time on STN (ex-PTN) and emerges as a popular second channel that could give PTV a run for its money in urban Pakistan.